Chris Groves

Chris  Groves
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About the Artist:

Chris Groves’ love of art grew from his early experiences with nature and the introduction of a master sculpture in his youth.

Groves was born in Boulder, Colorado, but soon moved with his family to Slidell, Louisiana. Those early years in Slidell were spent outside, exploring the woods, swimming in the bayou, boating, fishing, playing with snakes and other wild animals. It was during those years that Groves learned to love the outdoors and nature.

At the age of ten, Groves' family returned to Boulder where he continued his exploration of nature with countless hikes, mountain climbs and camping trips. His parents gave him a nature-drawing book and Groves latched onto it as a source of awe and inspiration. He would spend countless hours copying the drawings and enhancing them with his own interpretation. His parents, recognizing their sons’ talent and appreciation of art, hired a private tutor to instruct him in basic techniques. Soon, Groves' interest turned from nature to people. Groves looked to magazines, friends and siblings as a source of inspiration and drew detailed portraits of their faces.

In high school, Groves met sculptor, Glenna Goodacre, the mother of a school friend. Meeting with her and seeing some of the success she enjoyed as a artist (Vietnam Women’s memorial, Sacagawea US Dollar design) helped to inspire Groves' own artistic aspirations.

After graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a B.F.A. in Environmental Design, Groves spent the next ten years as an art director for two large companies, all the while continuing to study and hone his fine art skills.

Groves has studied at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy, the Colorado Academy of Art, the Loveland Art Academy, the Cottonwood Art Academy and the Denver Arts Students League. He also enjoyed a private, two- year mentorship with artist Jay Moore, which he considers a turning point in his artistic career.

Groves paintings hang in numerous private and corporate collections and he is the recipient of multiple awards and recognitions listed below.

BORN
1964, Boulder, Colorado
 
EDUCATION
Florence Academy of Art, Florence, Italy
Colorado Academy of Art: Atelier - Classical Academy Studies with Richard Lack
Colorado University, BFA Environmental Design/Architecture
 
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATONS
OPA – Oil Painters of America - Signature Membership
AIS – American Impressionist Society
ASMA – American Society of Marine Artists – Signature Membership
 
TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Landscape, Still Life and Cast Drawing classes, Horton Hayes Fine Art, 2008-Present
Lead Landscape Instructor Colorado Academy of Art, 2004-2008
 
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2012 OPA Eastern Juried Exhibition
2012 Bennington Fine Art, Bennington, VT
2012 Solo Show
2012 Anderson Fine Art Gallery, St. Simons, GA
2012 OPA National Juried Exhibition
2012 Evergreen Fine Art, Evergreen, CO
2012 “Artists for the New Century” Invitational
2012 Bennington Fine Art, Bennington, VT
2012 Two-Person Show with Mark K Horton
2012 City Art Gallery, Greenville, NC
2012 Coutts Museum Invitational
2012 El Dorado, Kansas
2012 Four Sight
2012 Horton Hayes Fine Art, Charleston SC
2012 Two-Person Show with Mark Kelvin Horton
2012 Shain Gallery, Charlotte, NC
2012 Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Invitational,  Montgomery, AL
2012 Columbus Museum of Fine Art Auction,  Columbus, GA
2011 The Classical Still Life, Solo Show
2011 Horton Hayes Fine Art, Charleston, SC
2011 New Works Groves
2011 Anderson Gallery, St. Simons, GA
2011 Groves, Beerman, Horton
2011 City Art Gallery, Greenville, NC
 
HONORS AND AWARDS
OPA National Juried Exhibition 2016, Southwest Gallery, Dallas, TX
Virtuosos of the OPA Exhibition 2015, Salmagundi Club, NYC, NY
OPA National Juried Exhibition 2014, Bennington Fine Art, Bennington, VT
Signature Membership Elected 2014, Oil Painters of America
CM Russell Museum STB Juried Invitational 2014 – Landscape- Great Falls MT
OPA Eastern Juried Exhibition 2013, McBride Gallery, Annapolis, Maryland
American Impressionist Society 14th Annual National Juried Exhibit 2013
OPA Salon National Juried Exhibition 2013, Crooked Tree, Petosky, MI
Award of Excellence Best Seascape – for “Gesture”
OPA National Juried Exhibition 2013, InSight Gallery, Fredricksburg, TX
Signature Membership Elected 2013, American Society of Marine Artists
ASMA Regional Juried Exhibition 2013, Quinlan Art Museum, Gainsville, GA
OPA Eastern Juried Exhibition 2012, Bennington Fine Art, Bennington, VT
Awarded Silver Medal – for “At A Peaceful Pace”
OPA National Juried Exhibition 2012, Evergreen Fine Art, Evergreen
 
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
Artists on Art, Fall 2012 Issue
American Art Collector, November 2010, Issue 61
American Art Collector, October 2010, Issue 60
American Artist Magazine, March 2010
American Art Collector, November 2009, Issue 49
American Art Collector, October 2009, Issue 48
Garden And Gun Magazine, August 2009
 
CLIENTS AND COLLECTIONS
St John’s Episcopal, Denver, CO
Bush Development, Denver,CO
Black Fox Group
Legendary Properties
RW Goodacre & Co
Colorado Business Bank